White Sox Jose Quintana traded to Cubs for top prospects

White Sox Jose Quintana traded to Cubs for top prospects

Dylan Cease is the other big prize for the Sox, the No. 2 prospect in the Cubs' system and a right-handed hurler now also in A-ball.

The 28-year-old Colombian left-hander is 4-8 with a 4.49 earned-run average and 109 strikeouts over 18 starts this year in his sixth season with the White Sox.

Without completely rehashing the litany of problems the Cubs have experienced this season, it's generally accepted that it's not the same team that dominated the regular season a year ago on the way to a World Series title, not even close.

You could substitute Clint Frazier for Rutherford, except he's much closer to the big leagues than Jimenez _ or Rutherford. Last year's world-championship club featured a starting staff with an ERA of 2.99.

"If they were interested, then now was the time to engage", Hahn said. Chicago has just two of its five season-opening starting pitchers under contract for 2018: Jon Lester and Kyle Hendricks.

The team's starting pitching has fallen off, so perhaps Quintana gives them the boost they need to rally and make the postseason.

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The Cubs' need for another quality arm in the rotation has been apparent all season after their off-season acquisitions of Brett Anderson and Eddie Butler hadn't panned out as planned (although Butler hasn't been terrible like Anderson was).

The trade "had zero percent chance of happening without both players (Jimenez and Cease)", Cubs president Theo Epstein said in a conference call. Something along the lines of "Man, I am really glad Andrew Friedman didn't give this kind of payout for Quintana - he's not even that good!"

The Sox made a decision to start rebuilding last July, and much like the December trades of Chris Sale (Boston) and Adam Eaton (Washington), getting high-end youngsters was the goal.

Meanwhile, you know the deal with the Yankees: the rotation has faltered after a hot start, and most notably, just when he seemed to be finding his form, Masahiro Tanaka threw in another clunker last Sunday against the Brewers, again making you wonder if he'll ever dominate with any consistency. But Epstein and Hahn both made it known that no deal would get done without either prospect being included.

If the Cubs want to repeat as World Series Champs, the pitching needs to step up. Jacob Faria (4-0, 2.11) has been among the best rookie pitchers this season, striking out 37 over his first 38 1/3 big league innings. With Chicago standing in with a 43-45 record, adding a pitcher that is above a 4.00 ERA shouldn't make them deadly. While their awesome video thanks him for the memories, it also perfectly capturing the feelings of White Sox fans everywhere after Quintana's six seasons on the South Side. "Jose Quintana probably is more valuable for us at this moment in time than he is to the White Sox". With the addition of Quintana to the rotation, that possibility is now far more likely.